About CSO

Music Director, Maestro William Intriligator

A dynamic and passionate presence on the podium, William Intriligator currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra in Wyoming and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in Iowa.  Maestro Intriligator’s innovative programming, artistic leadership, and community collaborations have lead to great growth and success for both these orchestras.

Originally from Santa Monica, California, Intriligator earned many accolades and honors as an oboist and graduated with highest honors in music from Princeton University.  He then studied conducting in France and Germany and was Assistant Conductor of the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He returned to the U.S. to earn his masters and doctoral degrees in orchestral conducting at the University of Minnesota, where he conducted a full production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at age 23.

During his years training in Minnesota, Intriligator was on the conducting staff of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he led that orchestra in youth concerts and new music readings, as well as assisting with subscription concerts and national tours.  He was also an Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Opera and a guest conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, leading that orchestra for five seasons in educational concerts, family concerts, regional tours, and concerts of new music.

Intriligator was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for two summers and also attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors.

As a guest conductor, he has conducted many distinguished orchestras across the country, including those of Honolulu, Houston, Minnesota, Richmond, Saint Paul, Savannah, Syracuse, and Tulsa.

Intriligator resides in Dubuque with his wife Lisa and their four sons.



About CSO

Today’s Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra is a source of pride for the City of Cheyenne and surrounding areas. As the region’s only fully-professional performing arts organization, the CSO provides Cheyenne with concerts and educational programs that rival those of much larger cities. While the Symphony is a vehicle to showcase exceptional Wyoming talent, its excellent musical reputation attracts and retains musicians from the Front Range, Nebraska and as far away as Washington State and Oregon. CSO has maintained this level of excellence by requiring musicians to meet rigorous performance standards in order to win and retain their positions with the orchestra.

Developing the CSO into a renowned symphony is the result of decades of hard work and dedication by its Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. Most importantly, CSO has remained steadfast in its ambitious mission:
–to organize, fund and responsibly manage a quality, professional symphony orchestra;
–to provide musical enjoyment, growth and cultural outreach;
–to act as a catalyst for other cultural and educational events contributing to the quality of life for residents of Cheyenne and the surrounding areas.

CSO History

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CSO History

The Cheyenne Symphony can trace its roots to the Cheyenne Little Symphony which was organized in 1935 by Mr. Clyde G. and Mrs. Alice Ross, both prominent Cheyenne musicians. Twenty five people belonged to the early orchestra that was conducted by Mr. Ross, a violinist while Mrs. Ross played the piano. In 1951 Mrs. Ross organized the Cheyenne Civic Symphony and served as its first president. Mr. Eugene Adams served as conductor.

In July of 1954 The Cheyenne Civic Symphony and the Cheyenne Community Chorus joined forces. During this period, several conductors, including local educator Rex Yocum led the ensembles. The merger of the Symphony and Chorus lasted for nearly thirty years; the influence is still apparent in today’s strong ties with local choral ensembles.

By 1981, community support and demand for high-caliber entertainment created an opportunity for the organization to expand. Robert Carter Austin was hired as Music Director and helped to lead the initial transition from amateur to professional ensemble. Over the years, the baton has been passed to many internationally acclaimed Maestros including David Lockington, Mark Russell Smith, Stephen Alltop and finally our current Maestro William Intriligator.

CSO Musicians

Violin I

Stacy Lesartre, Concertmaster

Timothy Cuffman, Acting Assistant Concertmaster+

Jennifer Lyford, Principal First

Open, Assistant Principal First

Violin II

Cynthia Katsarelis, Principal Second

Leslie Stewart+, Assistant Principal Second

Violin I/II Section

Gina Buzelli

Ji-Hye Chung+

Jean Farley

Elizabeth Furuiye

Stephanie Garvey

Lola Kern

Alice McIlrath

Jenny Shea

Danica Gayle Smith

Julie Swanty

Sarah Whitnah

Jaylene Willhite

Paolo Zamario


Jim Przygocki, Principal

Lauren Spaulding, Assistant Principal

Allyson Fleck

Leslie Fox

Steve Gravagne

Sarah Avery Guyver

Derek Hensler

Sabrina Romney Lloyd

Tyler McKisson

Kyla Witt


Beth Vanderborgh, Principal

Heidi Mausbach, Assistant Principal

Joseph Howe*

Mary Kiesling

Becky Kutz Osterberg

Yi-Ching Lee

Suzy Wagner


Brett Armstrong, Principal

Joseph Reiben, Assistant Principal

Ernie Glock

Dennis Griffing

Andrew Sproule


Ysmael Reyes, Principal

D. Birch Unfug


Gina Johnson, Principal

Marilyn Johnson


Debra Wilbur, Principal

Kellan Toohey


Thomas Bittinger, Co-Principal

Melanie Fisher, Co-Principal


Open, Principal

David Wood

Jennifer Swanson

Katherine Smith


Derek McDonald, Principal

Scott Meredith+

Ryan Spencer


John Neurohr, Principal

Daniel Watt

William Runyan


Alan Harvey, Principal


Derek Sawyer, Principal


Carl Dixon, Principal

Thomas Van Schoick


Tonya Jilling, Principal




Jeffrey Hickman

Cover Conductor

Michele Lazarus

*Denotes member on leave

+Denotes acting member